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THE LEWIS CARROLL SOCIETY 




fimmt Letter 



OF NORTH AMERICA 



NUMBER 41 SPRING 1992 




Part of the site of the proposed Birthplace 
Museum 

LC Foundation to 
Launch Fund Drive 

The Lewis Carroll Foundation, a non- 
profit fundraising organization, met on 
Friday, May 1, in New York and agreed 
to launch a fund drive to benefit the 
proposed Lewis Carroll Birthplace Mu- 
seum in Daresbury, England. John 
Wilcox-Baker, of the Lewis Carroll Birth- 
place Trust in England, brought the news 
that the Trust has recently purchased the 
property on which the old Daresbury 
parsonage stood, in which Lewis Carroll 
was born. Improvements are currently 
being made on the property to make it 
more accessible for visitors. 

Mr. Wilcox-Baker also reported on 
the progress being made by the Birth- 
place Trust, which has already raised 
over £50.000, but needs nearly £500,000 
in order to renovate and outfit the build- 
ings which have been donated for the 
Birthplace Museum. 

The Lewis Carroll Foundation pro- 
vides Americans with a means to donate 
funds to the Birthplace Museum in Eng- 
land while still receiving a full tax deduc- 
tion for a charitable donation. The Foun- 
dation plans a mailing soon which will 
not only solicit donations, but also offer 
its first publication, the first American 
printing of Carroll's Eight or Nine Wise 
Words About Letter-Writing. We en- 
courage all Carrollians to give gener- 
ously to this fitting memorial. 




New Topics Intrigue Members 

at Spring Meeting by August imhoitz 

''En la mondon venis nova sento,"' or "Into the world comes a new feeling,"'is the 
first line of the poem ''La Espero'' by the creator of Esperanto, L. L. Zamenhof, and 
it characterizes at least one side of our meeting at the Fales Library in New York 
University's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library building on Washington Square in 
Greenwich Village. Our speakers' new topics were the Esperanto versions oi Alice, 
original nonsense poetry, and a new Disney application oi Alice. These topics, new 
to most of our audience of about fifty members and guests, were the counterpoint to 
the well known Carroll texts that served, mutatis mutandis, as 
the point of departure. 

Mr. Frank Walker, Fales Librarian, welcomed us to NYU 
once again (we were last there in 1 984) and explained how the 
Fales Collection was really the magnet that drew Alfred C. 
Berol to bequeath his remarkable Carroll collection to NYU in 
1957. The Berol collection at Fales under the guidance of Mr. 
Walker continues to grow, we are happy to report. Among the 
treasures of the collection that Mr. Walker had displayed for 
us were the original manuscript of Useful and Instructive 
Poetry (and he is absolutely correct in saying that there is no 
experience like seeing the original), the Looking-Glass Bis- ^''//'«'" J^y Smith 
cuit Tin, a number of translations, and, of course, the famous 1865 "lost" Alice. 
President Charles Lovett thanked NYU and Mr. Walker, reported on the soundness 
of the Society's finances, called attention to the Society's latest publication. The 
Hunting of the Snark, illustrated by Jonathan Dixon, which was examined by many 
during our break, and then turned the floor over to our speakers. 

Winter and summer, whatever the 
weather 
The floor and the ceiling were 
hapy together. 
Mr. William Jay Smith, author and 
poet, first gave us a brief but intriguing 
account of how he came to write non- 
sense poetry and then read us some of his 
poems, including the delightful dialogue 
entitled "The Floor and the Ceiling." 
From a thirteenth-century French an- 
thology of nonsense in which, for ex- 
ample, a herring laid seige to a city, to the 
musings of Auden on nonsense poetry 
and even to Dr. Freud in the "Sources of 
the Comic," Mr. Smith illustrated how 
wonderfully human an art form non- 
sense poetry is. Through the music of 
(continued on page 2) 




Editorial — 

Sisters, Cousins & Aunts 



As many of you know, on April 2 at 
1 1 :23 a.m. my daughter Lucy, our first 
child, was bom. It was a moment I shall 
never forget, but its equal in emotional 
splendor came shortly thereafter when 
I ventured into the hall of the hospital to 
share the news with two of my closest 
friends. There is no doubt, as I now 
know, that one of the great joys of 
having a baby is that which comes from 
sharing that new life with others. 

When we climbed aboard a plane 
headed for New York to take Lucy to 
her first LCSNA meeting, we knew that 
a flock of surrogate aunts, uncles, and 
grandparents awaited her. Never could 
we have guessed, however, the won- 
derful ways in which she would be 
greeted and the smiles she would bring 
to the faces of so many. She herself 
exhibited her first real smiles moments 
after we arrived at Janet Jurist's home! 

Lucy attended a meeting of the LC 
Foundation, the LCSNA board meet- 
ing, luncheon, and general meeting, the 
New York Antiquarian Bookfair, and 
was navigated through one of New 
York's worst traffic jams by LCSNA 
founder Stan Marx. Everywhere she 
was welcomed with open arms. 

Many of you, especially if you have 
never been to a meeting, may think of 
the LCSNA as just a literary society or 
a club of eccentrics. We have come to 
realize that this is our extended family, 
and I believe that Lewis Carroll, who 
unfortunately never experienced the joy 
of holding his own daughter, would 
take some pleasure in knowing that he 
has brought together such a family and 
that they have showered such affection 
on a beautiful young child. 

Lucy is not yet old enough to thank 
you for the cake, the beautiful gifts, and 
the loving reception which you offered 
her. Her parents thank you most sin- 
cerely, though, and promise that you 
will have the chance to see her grow 
from an infant into whatever she be- 
comes. She may not be as well behaved 
at the next meeting, but we wouldn't 
think of coming without her — I'm not 
sure you'd let us in the door! 



JVlEETING (continued from page ]) 
words one is transported into a world 
unto itself in nonsense poetry. He has 
been writing nonsense verses for more 
than forty years, and though he says he 
sometimes drew inspiration from his 
young son, his verses may well owe 
something to the influence of Lear and 
Carroll. Of his many published collec- 
tions of verse, the one from which he 
read to us. Laughing Time, has been in 
print since 1953. It was rewarding to 
meet Mr. Smith. 

Esperanto literature, and indeed 
there is such a body of work, was the 
topic of our second speaker's presenta- 
tion. Dr. William Orr is a mathemati- 
cian by profession, but Esperanto is his 
avocation. He summarized very briefly 
the origins of Esperanto, a language 
developed by L. L. Zamenhof in the 
Polish part of the Russian empire in 
1887. Since then, building on simple 
grammatical rules, expandable vocabu- 
lary, and the ability to form compounds 
that would put even the most agglutina- 
tive Eskimos and Germans to shame, 
Esperanto developed its own literature. 
Zamenhof s poem, ''Ho, Mia Koi\" 
started its poetic tradition. Now in 
addition to poetry, detective novels, 
and other original fiction, the corpus of 
Esperanto literature contains transla- 
tions of many well known European 
literary works — two versions of Ham- 
let, all the rest of Shakespeare, Dante's 
Inferno, and much more. 

In 1 9 1 the British Esperanto Soci- 
ety published the first, and so far only, 
Esperanto translation of Alice 's Adven- 
tures in Wonderland. The translator, E. 
L. Kearmey, working with a language 
only twenty-three years old, faced many 
difficulties and could not successfully 
cope with all of them. His verses were 
pale copies of Carroll's lines. Most 
puns and jokes were either ignored or 
handled in a footnote! Since then, 
Marjorie Walker, a British Esperantist, 
has translated "Jabberwocky" and Wil- 
liam Auld has translated "A Mad Tea- 
Party" and "The Mock Turtle's Story." 
Dr. Orr compared some of the transla- 
tions with his own, explaining how 
they coped with the pitfalls. Rather 
brilliantly, this non-Esperantist thought, 
he translated "Humpty Dumpty" as 



"Hometo Omleto," "hometo" being a 
diminutive for "man," while "omleto" 
speaks for itself He has translated 
most of the poems in the A//r^ books and 
is now working on the rest of the text. 

As Carroll parodied well known 
poems in his own language, Orr thinks 
parodies in the Esperanto version should 
parody Zamenhof s poems. To trans- 
late Carroll' s "How doth the little croco- 
dile," Orr took the word "Krokodilo," 
an Esperanto slang word meaning "a 
person who speaks his own native lan- 
guage at an Esperanto meeting" and 
parodies Zamenhof s "La Espero'" with 
a poem beginning "'En la mondon venas 
krokodilo."" Can anyone not think Lewis 
Carroll would have heartily approved? 

After an intermission which allowed 
us to examine the treasures of the Berol 
Collection in a special Alice Room, 
John Wilcox-Baker of the Lewis Carroll 
Birthplace Trust in Daresbury informed 
us that the Trust has purchased the land 
on which Lewis Carroll was born. The 
buildings burnt down long ago, but the 
foundations will be delineated and the 
site opened for visitors. 

Finally, in lieu of a cast member 
from the new Disney Channel series 
Adventures in Wonderland, Charles 
Lovett spoke briefly about Disney's 
long interest in Carroll and showed two 
examples of that fascination. In the 
1920s Disney made 57 shorts, combin- 
ing animation with a live Alice. We 
saw one ofthese cartoons, "Alice's Egg 
Plant." It had little to do with Alice in 
Wonderland, but was an interesting 
piece of Disney history. We then saw 
the first of 65 episodes of Adventures in 
Wonderland. A hip Alice passes 
through a mirror after spilling her 
sister's perfume all over herself. In a 
sort of Looking-Glass Land with much 
singing and dancing, she and a few 
Carroll characters learn something 
about homonyms: sense and scent. 
Reaction among our audience was 
mixed. One hopes, as Dr. Zamenhof 
would say, that these latest works from 
the Disney factory will improve. 

Following the meeting we adjourned 
to a cocktail party at the home of Janet 
Jurist to enjoy her warm hospitality and 
to renew the many old friendships which 
the LCSNA has brought us. 



Cf&Tjf ^o^(©p^ sc "^^^i^m, 



Woodblock Prints Illustrate 
New Edition of Alice 

Books of Wonder, in conjunction with William Morrow, has 
published an edition of Alice which is probably as close as 
possible to what the original would have looked like pub- 
lished with 1992 technology. The design and layout follow 
the original closely, but the type has been reset evenly in a 
face which approximates the first edition. The prime feature 
of this edition, however, is that it reproduces the Tenniel 
illustrations directly from a set of the original woodblock 
prints prepared by Macmillan in 1988. The pictures are as 
clean and crisp as you will find in any edition. The book 
includes an afterword by Peter Glassman explaining the 
history of the illustrations and the woodblocks. Although the 
edges are gilt, as in the original (though not with real gold this 
time I imagine), the publishers have, unfortunately, made no 
attempt to reproduce the original binding. Underneath the 
lovely dustwrapper is a dull green cloth binding. With such 
exquisite attention paid to the inside of the book, one can only 
wish that the outside had received the same care. Still, a must 
for any collector and an ideal edition for the first-time reader 
as well. $15.00 at most bookstores. 

Alice in Computerland 

Many of my fellow Carrollians are IBM users, and, while I 
recognize the freedom to choose one's own computer, being 
a Macintosh man myself it was not without some relish that 
I tried out The Complete Annotated Alice, a program de- 
signed specifically for the new Macintosh Powerbooks, but 
usable on any larger display Mac. The software has been 
designed for maximum readability on the book-sized 
Powerbooks, but even the developers admit that computer 
books will probably never fully replace the real thing. Ref- 
erence books, however, are eminently suitable for the elec- 
tronic medium, as it provides so many powerful tools for 
retrieving information. This 
new electronic book contains 
the complete texts of both The 
Annotated Alice and More An- 
notated Alice, including all the 
annotations from both books, 
plus a new "electronic" intro- 
duction by Martin Gardner. 
Readers can quickly find the 
appearances of a word or phrase 
in either the text or the annota- 
tions, text can be marked in a 
numberofways, and the reader 
can even add his own margin 



IIUiCOMiM.iriK 





notes or more extensive annotations. 
The Tenniel illustrations are repro- 
duced, rather poorly, on the screen, 
but the real value here is one's ability 
to work with the text. My biggest 
complaint about this program, and one that other reviewers 
have had, is that it tends to be a little slow and takes up a good 
bit of RAM — but it is still a wonderful tool with which to 
study the text of Alice, and the only work which includes all 
of Gardner's annotations. A computer program which re- 
places the work of both Annotated Alices, not to mention an 
Alice concordance, might be expected to command a hefty 
price tag — this electronic book will cost you $15, less than 
half the cost of More Annotated Alice alone. From 
MacConnection (1-800-800-2222). 

Collection of Carrollian 
Games Published 

Lewis Carroll 's Games and Puzzles, compiled and edited by 
Edward Wakeling, has been published under the joint im- 
print of The Lewis Carroll Birthplace Trust and Dover 
Publications. The editor's introduction may be written for a 
slightly younger reader than is likely to enjoy the puzzles 
themselves, but the heart of the book is the puzzles, games, 
and brainteasers. Not only are some of Carroll's published 
games, such as Lanrick, here, but many previously unpub- 
lished pieces, taken from letters and papers, are also in- 
cluded. The illustrations, mostly Tenniel, are reproduced 
rather poorly, but in all a charming book, worth far more than 
its $4.95 cover price. How many puzzles are there in this 
collection? If you know Mr. Carroll and Mr. Wakeling, you 
need not ask — 42, of course. At bookstores or from the pub- 
lisher (Dover Books, 3 1 East 2nd St., Mineola, NY, 11501). 

Japanese Photos Shine 

"Alice " in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll and Double Alice is 
a beautiful new Japanese publication. The primary feature of 
this book for those who do not read Japanese is the stunning 
photography which graces nearly every page. There are 
pictures of Daresbury, Croft, Oxford, Guildford, Eastbome, 
Ripon, and other spots associated with Carroll's life, as well 
as reproductions of Alice illustrations by a number of artists. 
Anyone interested in Carroll's life will want this book, 
regardless of his ability to read the text. No previous volume 
has contained such a wealth of quality photos intimately 
associated with Carroll's life and work. From The Rabbit 
Hole, 3^ Trinity Square, Llandudno, North Wales, U.K., for 
£ 1 7 plus shipping (credit card preferred to avoid bank charges) . 



Lewis Carroll and the Voting Machine 



by Morton N. Cohen 



J\s we approach the 1992 presidential election, we 
should think about a recurring defect in the American 
polling system that cnes out for change. The defect arises 
from the passion of broadcasting networks to be the first 
to predict the next occupant of the White House. In 1980 
and 1 984, the major TV networks declared Ronald Reagan 
the winner while the polls were open and voters were still 
casting ballots in nearly half the states. The premature 
announcement made a good many western voters feel that 
their votes did not count, and many did not even bother to 
vote, distorting what would have been a more nearly 
accurate count of the voter's choice. A cry of "foul play" 
arose in a number of quarters. 

In 1988, under pressure from Congress, the networks 
agreed to withhold predic- 
tions of each state' s results 
until the last of its polls 
had closed. In fact, how- 
ever, all the networks pro- 
jected President Bush's 
victory while the polls 
were still open in the West. 

Once again the count may have been distorted, and hack- 
les were raised. 

Will we see a replay of this scenario later this year and 
in succeeding election years? Probably, unless some 
remedy is found to prevent the networks from jumping the 
gun. 

The problem is not new, and it is not even a problem 
that modem technology has created. The same issue arose 
in England in the 1880s, and when it came up, one of the 
voices raised against the unfairness of revealing results 
early was Lewis Carroll's. Of course, in England the 
problem did not arise because of different time zones; the 
problem there arose because elections were held over a 
number of days, and English newspapers were as eager as 
our networks are to scoop the news. 

The secret ballot had become a reality for the first time 
in England in 1 872, and in April 1881a long letter from 
Carroll appeared in the St. James's Gazette on the evil 
caused by publishing election results before all polling 
ceased. In that letter he recognizes, as politicians and 
news commentators realize in the U.S., that voters like to 
be on the winning side and that if they know that their side 
is going to lose anyway, they might not want merely to 
add, as he put it, "a unit to a hopelessly beaten minority," 
and so would not vote at all. He deplored the 
unfairness of the results and prescribed a "simple 
practical remedy." 

His remedy was "that the results of each single election 



The results of each single election should 
be kept secret till the general election is 
over. — Lewis Carroll 



should be kept secret till the general election is over." Yes, 
it was as simple as that, and he saw no difficulty in shaping 
a new law requiring the "boxes of voting papers" to be 
"sealed by a Government official and placed in such 
custody as would make it impossible to tamper with 
them." Then, after the last ballots had been cast, "they 
should be opened, the votes counted, and the results 
announced." This new method, he points out, insures 
secret voting in the truest sense and serves every voter 
equally. Utopia, according to Carroll, was worth contem- 
plating, but Utopian aspirations could be practical, too. 
We may not ever achieve a world in which "no one is ever 
bored by a Utopian dinner-party, or overcharged by a 
Utopian cab-driver," but we can strive for this just and 

truly private form of elec- 
tion, even in a"practical age." 
Lewis Carroll had 50 
copies of his letter to the 
St. James Gazette struck 
off privately, and he sent 
them to influential politi- 
cians, including William 
Gladstone and Lord Salisbury. In a covering letter to Lord 
Salisbury, Carroll insists that the matter was not a party 
question but one "of real national importance." 

Change takes time, of course, and pressure, and Lewis 
Carroll's scheme did not take root quickly. Indeed it took 
36 years before anything was done about it. But finally, 
in 1917, almost 20 years after Carroll's death, the British 
Parliament adopted the plan. 

We could learn from England's experience in this 
practice as we have in so many others. We would have to 
require election boards to withhold results until polling 
stations closed all over the nation, from Maine to Hawaii. 
We could even schedule different polling hours in differ- 
ent states. Western states could open polls on the evening 
before the conventional Tuesday and then close at 6 p.m. 
on the polling day while Eastern states continued to poll 
through into Tuesday evening. The networks would be 
confounded, reduced to reporting exit polls, those unreli- 
able indicators, as proved in the recent British election. 
To come to an agreement will require political action, 
of course, because constitutional responsibility for con- 
ducting elections rests with the states, but an inter-state 
compact on uniform election procedures (which Congress 
could encourage) would make it all possible. 

It seems relatively simple in fact. Won't we allow the 
master of nonsense to teach us something eminently 
sensible about our national election process and lead us, in 
this case, to Utopia as he lead us, earlier, to his Wonderland? 




Carrollian 

Notes 



Issue 42 
Approaching 

The next issue of Knight Letter will be 
number 42, and as everyone knows, 
that number held special significance 
for Lewis Carroll. We're not sure what 
is the most appropriate way for the 
Knight Letter to mark this auspicious 
milestone, so we're asking for your 
help. Send us things strange, unusual, 
and fascinating — anything you think 
belongs in the 42nd issue. Try to mail 
your contributions within the next 42 
days (our real deadline is August 1 ), 
and we'll print as many as we can. 

Newberry Cata- 
logue Published 

A catalogue of the Alice exhibition 
mounted in November of 1990 at the 
Newberry Library in Chicago and 
curated by LCSNA member Joel 
Birenbaum has been published. The 
12-page catalogue includes cover cal- 
ligraphy by LCSNA member Alice 
Berkey and a one-page introduction by 
Birenbaum who writes that the exhibit 
tries to answer the question "How can 
you have a collection of just one book." 
The catalogue describes various edi- 
tions of the Alice books, parodies, ref- 
erence books, ephemera, and col- 
lectibles of all kinds. The items for the 
exhibit were drawn primarily from 
Birenbaum' s own collection, but a few 
items from the Newberry are also in- 
cluded. Though the Newberry does not 
have a large collection of children's 
books (Newberry the industrialist is 
unrelated to Newbery the publisher), 
the library does have a few important 
Carroll items. Of greatest interest here 
are the woodblocks for 77?^ Nursery 
Alice illustrations which Birenbaum 



uses to raise the question "Did 
Tennicl really do the redrawings" 
as Carroll mentioned in his diary? 
Also from the Newberry collection 
were five sketches of Tenniel draw- 

ings attributed to the Dalziel broth- 

ers and copy of the 1865 Alice, 
though I feel obliged to note my own 
scepticism about the authenticity of the 
latter which is tightly rebound, has little 
provenance, and has a noticeable dark- 
ening of the paper in the gutter of the 
title page as if the page had been tipped 
in. Could this be a "made up" copy 
consisting of an 1865 title page bound 
with an Appleton Alice? For more 
information on the exhibit and the cata- 
logue contact Joel Birenbaum, 2486 
Brunswick Circle Al, Woodridge, 111.. 
60517. 

Teller Adds 
Annotation 

He may never speak on stage, but Teller, 
of the Penn & Teller comedy magic 
team, wrote Martin Gardner with a dis- 
covery he made while reading Extraor- 
dinary Popular Delusions. A passage 
about popular catch phrases in London 
includes the information that at one 
time such a phrase was "Who are you?" 
The phrase pervaded London, and was 
used in nearly any circumstance and 



taken as a sign of great wit. When a 
judge in one of London's courts inad- 
vertently asked a spectator "Who are 
you," the entire court convulsed with 
laughter and the judge immediately 
became popular among accused crimi- 
nals. The book is not specific about 
when this particular phrase was popu- 
lar, so perhaps any reader who knows 
more about it might enlighten us as to 
whether this may have been an inspira- 
tion for the Caterpillar in y4//V^. If so, he 
may be a more witty character than 
originally thought. 

Plans Underway 
for Fall Meeting 

The Fall 1992 meeting of the LCSNA 
will be held at the University of San 
Francisco. The slate of speakers is not 
yet set, but Society member Sandor 
Burstein has made some arrangements 
for those wishing to stay in downtown 
San Francisco. The Hotel Vintage 
Court, 650 Bush Street, (800) 654- 1 1 00, 
offers singles or doubles to members 
for $99 per night. Please mention Bill 
Guedet's name in order to get this rate. 
The Hotel David Bed and Breakfast, 
480Geary St., (800) 524- 1888 has room 
rates from $79 to $ 1 39, including break- 
fast and dinner. Both hotels are located 
in the heart of downtown. 



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there are two issues of ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
the first edition of A Tangled Tale. One must presume that the first 
issue is that in which Alice is advertised on the final leaf as having 
reached the 67th thousand and which includes a lengthy ad for the Inde.x 
to 'In Memoriam. ' An interesting sidelight to this discovery is that the 
Handbook describes just such a notice about the Inde.x as appearing in 
editions of y4//cf around 1882 (p. 110). The present notice, which lists 
the anonymous Index as a "Work by Lewis Carroll," was published in 
1 885, but is probably the same, as it was clearly printed around 1 882 — 
the times of the 67th thousand oi Alice. Perhaps the publisher had extra copies 
of this leaf on hand and inserted them into some copies oi Tangled Tale — but 
were they the first copies? The notice includes text, presumably by Carroll, on 
how to account for the introduction of a new section into the poem when using 
the Index. The second issue contains a different advertising leaf in ^^hxch Alice 
is listed as 75th thousand For the record, there were four subsequent issues of 
the Macmillan red cloth Tangled Tale in England: 1 ) with notice of "Second 
Thousand" on title page, dated 1885; 2) with notice of "Third Thousand" on 
title page, dated 1 885; 3) with notice of "Third Thousand" on title page, dated 
1886; 4) with notice of "Fourth Thousand" on title page, dated 1886. 



iMfH 0(i^ ra^^oano^ 



The Essex House of New York lured 
diners to their Easter buffet with story 
readings by actors dressed as the Mad 
Hatter, the White Rabbit, and other char- 
acters from Alice. 

The White Rabbit from the "Shore Leave" 
episode of Star Trek is featured on a pin 
available from Starlog Press (475 Park 
Ave. South, New York, NY, 10016). 
Retail price is $8. 

Museum Bookmarks (2 Depot Plaza, 
Suite 103, Bedford Hills, N.Y., 10507) 
features a Cheshire Cat bookmark 
of solid brass electroplated with 
22ktgold. Sold in many bookstores 
and gift shops for about $6.95. 




Co^f^e^pondent^ 



Alice Liddcll, Lewis Carroll and Alice of 
Wonderland — The Welsh Connection is 
a pamphlet by Muriel Ratcliffe which 
presents a fair assessment of the connec- 
tion between Carroll and Llandudno. 
The 8-page booklet draws heavily from 
Anne Clark's biography of Carroll, and 
may finally set the record straight for 
Llandudno tourists. The booklet costs 
£1.50 and may be ordered from The 
Rabbit Hole, 3-4 Trinity Square, 
Llandudno, North Wales, UK. 



The Mathematical Association of 
America ( 1 529 1 8th St., NW, Wash- 
ington, DC, 20036) describes its 
publication Journey Into Geom- 
etries by Marta Sved as "an infor- 
mal introduction to post-Euclidean 
geometry, brought to life in dia- 
logues between three fictitious fig- 
ures: a somewhat overgrown Alice, 
Lewis Carroll, and their visitor from the 
20th century. Dr. Whatif. Price: $21 . 

Lisa Arkfeld has written a series of po- 
ems inspired by Lewis Carroll for part of 
a senior thesis at Vassar. Members inter- 
ested in reading her work should contact 
her professor, Nancy Willard, 133 Col- 
lege Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603. 

Half Moon Harry ( 1 9 South Road, Bear- 
skin Neck, Rockport, MA, 01966) mar- 
kets an Alice in Wonderland clock with 
the Tenniel illustrations handpainted on 
a blue background for $50. 



• Reminder • 

Don't forget that dues are due! Regular 
dues are $20 and Sustainer dues are $50. 
Remember that all contributions to the 
LCSNA, including dues, are fully tax 
deductable. Dues should be sent to the 
Secretary, 617 Rockford Rd., Silver 
Spring, MD, 20902. 



Rob Kerr, a young composer from Win- 
ston-Salem, NC, recently premiered his 
"Lewis Carroll Song Cycle" at a concert 
of works by North Carolina composers. 
Across the country another composer, 
Tom Schnauber, premiered his song cycle 
"Carrolls," also based on the poems of 
Lewis Carroll, at the University of South- 
ern California School of Music. 

Speaking of composers, David Del 
Tredici's current work in progress is 
"Dum Dee Tweedle," a 50-minute work 
for solo voice, narrator, and orchestra, 
based on "The Walrus and the Carpen- 
ter" and surrounding text. 



In response to our recent inquiry about 
issues of the Index to "In Memoriam, " 
Sandor Burstein and Jon Lindseth report 
having copies which match the descrip- 
tion in the Handbook (with stamping on 
the cover reading "INDEX I IN MEMO- 
RIAM"). Both also mention that the 
cloth may have been brown, but is more 
likely faded purple. Both of these copies 
are inscribed (one by LC and one by "one 
of the Compilers"), so they may well 
represent the earliest state of the item. 

The Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, MD, 
presented Scenes from Alice in 
Wonderland, a "mini-ballet featur- 
ing a host of funny and memorable 
scenes and characters" for an audi- 
ence of children on May 17. 

The winners of the Sylvie & Bruno 
Writing Contest sponsored by Mer- 
cury House and judged by the 
LCSNA were Chris Michel (age 
16, winner of the 12-18 category) 
and Ann D. Curie (winner of the 
adult category). Thanks to Joe 
Brabant and Devra Kunin for helping 
judge the contest. The winning verses: 
Chris Michel: 

He thought he saw a matador 
Who swam across the lake: 
He looked again, and found it was 
A piece of angel cake. 
"If I should die tonight," he said, 
"Please bring this to my wake." 
Ann D. Curie: 

He thought he saw a Coelacanth 
While fishing from the pier: 
He looked again, and found it was 
His boon companion's ear. 
"Let's settle now," he said, "because 
A trial is much too dear." 



For assistance in preparing this issue we would like to thank: Fran Abeies, Joel Birenbaum, Sandor Burstein, Morton Cohen, Martin 
Gardner. August Imholtz, Jon Lindseth, Stephanie Lovett, Ellie Luchinsky, Lucille Posner, Howard Skillington, Alan Tannennbaum, 
and Nancy Willard. Lewis Carroll and the Voting Machine © 1992 by Morton N. Cohen. 

Knight Letter is the official newsletter of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. It is published quarterly and is distributed 
free to all members. Subscriptions, business correspondence, and inquiries should be addressed to the Secretary, LCSNA, 617 
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